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4 important considerations for victims of collapsed structures–
Rescuers need to anticipate specific medical problems and patient needs as they prepare to encounter patients in a collapsed structure or debris pile
Diabetic emergencies: 5 things EMTs need to know–
What are the most important things to remember when treating a patient with a history of diabetes?
MRSA: How to stop the spread–
Why EMS should embrace its role as the front line in stopping the pathogen’s journey
6 success steps for diagnosing altered level of consciousness–
Focus on assessing and treating the patient's basic life threats before interrogating bystanders or investigating the scene
Remember 2 Things: Altered mental status in geriatric patients–
EMS providers frequently assess geriatric patients with altered mental status. This EMS1 training video reviews two common conditions — hypoglycemia and sepsis — that can cause changes in a patient's mental status.
After watching Steve Whitehead discuss these conditions, learn more about sepsis assessment and treatment in articles from Kelly Grayson and Rom Duckworth. Then share your geriatric assessment tips in the comments.
Remember 2 Things: Stroke mimics–
Several conditions mimic or look like stroke. Remember the two things — hypoglycemia and seizures — that can often look like stroke in this EMS1 training video from Steve Whitehead.
After watching, share your experience with stroke scales in the comments, watch another episode of Remember 2 Things on improving stroke recognition and response, and read more about stroke assessment scales.
Remember 2 Things: How to best obtain a glucometer blood sample–
Measuring a patient's blood sugar is an increasingly common assessment, performed on any patient with an altered mental status or reduced level of consciousness. Watch for two reminders about the importance of using a spring-loaded lancet and using gravity or a tourniquet to obtain a capillary blood sample.
Watch two more videos on glucometer use:
Remember 2 Things: How to avoid common glucometer mistakes
Remember 2 Things: How to obtain an accurate glucometer reading
Frequent Flyers: Blood sugar finger stick–
A comic for EMS drawing off the real experiences of EMS
Remember 2 Things: How to avoid common glucometer mistakes–
To get the most accurate reading from a glucometer avoid making the two common mistakes described by Steve Whitehead. Watch the video to learn the difference between intravenous blood and capillary blood samples. And listen to Whitehead's description of hypoglycemia as a relative finding.
Watch another episode of Remember 2 Things to learn more about acquiring a high-quality blood sample for the glucometer.
Remember 2 Things: How to obtain an accurate glucometer reading–
EMS providers frequently assess patient's blood sugar with a glucometer. Steve Whitehead gives two things EMTs and paramedics need to remember about preparing the site and sampling the second drop of blood instead of the first. Share your glucometer tips in the comments.
Watch part 2 to learn more about accurate glucometer use by avoiding two common mistakes.
When EMS should start an IV–
Intravenous therapy should be performed only when medically necessary, and under stringent guidelines
How to get an accurate glucose reading for diabetic patients–
Everything from outdated strips to poor timing can lead to wrong glucose measurements, but here’s how to reduce errors
Hyperglycemia: Let’s have a campfire!–
Jon Puryear discusses Hyperglycemia management and treatment in this video column.
Blood glucose test for altered mental status–
A variety of medical conditions and patient presentations warrant prehospital blood glucose analysis
The sweet spot: Differentiating and managing the acute diabetic patient–
Understanding the differences can lead to more precise prehospital treatment of patients with diabetes
Drunk versus diabetes: How can you tell?–
When the conditions are ripe, the distinction between intoxication and a diabetic emergency can easily be blurred
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